St. Patrick’s Day is famous for being celebrated with alcohol. But nobody enjoys waking up the next morning with a hangover.
The feeling of a hangover is triggered from the central nervous system when your blood alcohol concentration hits zero.
But there are several things you can do to avoid a hangover.
Since alcohol makes you dehydrated, make sure you drink plenty of water before you start drinking alcohol. You should also avoid salty drinks since salt helps your body absorb alcohol more quickly.
And you should continue drinking water throughout the night. For every drink you consume, you should follow it up with the equivalent amount of water. For example, a 16 oz beer should also include a 16 oz water. If you take a shot, follow it up with an 8 oz glass of water.
There are several people who think you should eat a carb-heavy meal before drinking, but that’s a myth. You should actually eat a small meal that’s heavy in healthy fats, like guacamole!
If you do wake up with a hangover, avoid taking medication containing acetaminophen, like Tylenol. This could cause liver damage when combined with alcohol.
And don’t have another drink the next morning, that’s a myth too! This will only temporarily delay your hangover.
So if you’re going to be celebrating with a night of drinking, be safe, stay hydrated, and have fun!